International Trade Centre’s Standards and
Quality related work in the Enhanced Integrated
"Sector Competitiveness and Export Diversification in The Gambia
(2012-2015) addresses technical barriers hindering market access of
Gambian exports of groundnuts, cashew nuts, and sesame".
1. Implementing Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Points
January 2014 saw launch of
assistance to enhancing food safety of groundnuts, cashewnuts and sesame through
implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). Workshops and
a combination of classroom and hands-on training on HACCP was held for selected
enterprises and trainers-cum-counsellors. To ensure sustainability, from the
trained trainers, selected ones will be qualified and certified by ITC to
further train and advise enterprises.
2. Development and enforcement of
In February 2014, a
workshop was conducted for representatives of regulatory bodies to sensitise
them on guidelines of developing and enforcing technical regulations. This
training was based on a guide
developed jointly by ITC and PTB.
3. Aflatoxin testing
A mission of an
international lab technician was organized in April 2014 to ensure the
functionality of a versatile modern high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC)
machine for aflatoxin analysis and to prepare in-situ training for staff
operating the machine.
4. National standardsThe first ten Gambian
national standards based on International Standards have been finalized and published.
5. Farmer Field Schools
Farmer Field Schools have been established and are operational in the three
"Through the knowledge and skills we got from the training in our farmer field schools, we have increased the quantity and quality of groundnuts we produce."
"The quality of cashew we produce is very high and now cashew buyers are running after us to buy our cashew."
"Because of more money we get from our high quality produce, we are now able to change our lives; we can easily support our husbands, buy food, medicines and clothes for our children. We can also buy seeds for planting from money we get by selling sesame oil."
- Members of Farmer Field School training, Gambia
Senior Adviser, Export Quality Management